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Chateau Montrose 1995

$1,525 1 Jeroboam (5L Bordeaux) |
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    Parker : 92 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Tasted at the vertical in London, I had never really warmed to the 1995 Montrose despite tasting its many times. However, this bottle seemed closed to Robert Parker's remarks from 2014. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was harvested from 13 to 26 September. The bouquet is less vigorous and more approachable than the 1996 Montrose, initially quite taciturn, but gaining vigor with time and offering blackberry, briary and undergrowth scents, later just a touch of bay leaf and sandalwood. The palate is driven by the higher Merlot content, rendering this a relatively plush and comely Saint Estèphe, well balanced with very good depth, perhaps a Montrose for those with a penchant for headier and opulent styles of wine. Whilst the 1996 has the class and sophistication, the greatest virtue of the 1995 is the most fundamental: enjoyment. Tasted June 2016.
    BordeauxSaint-Estephe
    Alcohol
    12.5

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    17

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Wine Spectator
    88

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Estephe

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Montrose

    Classification
    Second Growth

    Parker
    92

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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